|Date:||8/1/2009 5:00 AM|
|Pace:||12:35 / mile|
|Shoe:||Mizuno Alchemy Lime|
VO2 Max: 24.9
Yesterday, I ran this run. At 5am. I had friends coming in from NH, NE, FL and I had to get this done. Kim came to the house after a long night of tossing and turning over my current E ride, and I loaded up my fuel belt for a 3 hour run.
This would be my longest run ever.
We planned to stop at 2 miles and walk for 2 minutes the whole course. Kim and I had driven it the night before, hiding water, and candy bars for her, and seeing just how long 14 miles was.
The first 2 miles were great, except the Shell station wasn’t open, and I had to use it. Bad. We found an open restroom at the park, so made another stop there. At the end of 2 miles, we walked…I felt like my legs were free, and it was good.
Mile 2-4 we ran out in the country pre-dawn. Looking over at her running, right before the sun came up was amazing. We turned down a farm road, and made mile 4 at a 9:30 pace. Amazing. We walked, and it was good.
Mile 4-6…out in the country, onto Jack Tone road and River, which is my favorite road. The sun was starting to come up. We stopped at the restroom there, and again, drank and I took my Hammer Gel.
Mile 6-8 was one long road back to the beginning. A very long road…but I ran through sprinklers. Stopped, drank. And then drank too much.
Mile 8-10 was rough, and this is what happened on the Half Marathon a few weeks ago. By the time we got to Jami’s house, where more water was hidden, I had overfilled, and felt too full and sloshy.
Mile 10-12 was down near the market, the truck stop, the McDonald’s, etc. We had to go up the mother of all overpasses. I was struggling, and I think Kim’s knees were giving out. We walked again. Saw my ex-sister in law walking, and brought up all new kinds of stuff.
Mile 12-14. I thought…we are running a Half Marathon…and then some. We had to finish at 7th street, so I played a game with my self…running from 1st, 2nd, etc…and doing the Ryan Hall, “Head down, butt up” move.
We finished. We were close to my house, so we got our feet in the pool and had an FRS Energy drink. And we were excited. I couldn’t believe I did it.
During the run, I worked out a lot of garbage. It was good. It took 3 hours, but I remembered Quadrathon‘s quote:
You can’t make steel without fire.
And, you know what? You can’t.